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Calls for Offshore Breakwater at Penzance

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11:26am 28th March 2014

A Penzance hotel tells Pirate FM it wants the seafront protected as business falls thirty percent from the storms.

The Lugger Hotel suffered a battering from the extreme weather.

There are now calls for the promenade to get better coastal protection.

MP Andrew George thinks an offshore breakwater would be the first step.

Ruth Jenkin from the hotel told Pirate FM: "For us it is the worst we've ever known. We've had at least £35,000 pounds worth of damage to the hotel. Three of the hotel bedroom windows went in, the function room flooded, the reception area flooded and the bar and restaurant flooded."

A summit is being held on Friday to talk about ways to protect the prom in future. Ruth added: "We could even use that beach on the promenade if there was a breakwater put in place. You could use that area. What I would like to see is what they have in Falmouth, little beach huts on the promenade selling different wares."

Andrew George said Penzance must speak with one voice and get behind the case for the kind of multi-million pound regeneration bid which he would like to see: "Penzance deserves Government support to protect its seafront. More work is necessary to protect the harbour on St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly. £multimillions are rightly being spent to restore and protect the severed rail line at Dawlish but the lifeline link to the Isles of Scilly cannot be ignored by Government Ministers.

"Whilst we have secured a £multimillion package of improvements and developments to Penzance and St Mary’s, I believe that more could be achieved if those who care about the town came together and spoke with one voice and stood shoulder to shoulder in support of the town – unfortunately this is not something all have done in recent years.

"I have long argued that an offshore breakwater is a vital first step to securing the coastal defence and regeneration opportunities which Penzance needs. If the dark clouds which have hung over Penzance following the storms are to have the silver lining that the town and its economy deserve then everyone must come together and speak with one voice."

11:26am 28th March 2014

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